In forthcoming episodes of Emmerdale, Mandy Dingle (Lisa Riley) finds herself in a challenging situation when Brenda (Lesley Dunlop), who is oblivious to the truth, has relationship issues with Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell).
We saw Eric’s announcement to Mandy this week that he had Parkinson’s illness. When he informed Mandy about his symptoms and how afraid he is for the future, the adored character became very emotional.
Then Eric requested Mandy not to talk about his health issue. He stated that he believed it was preferable to face the sickness alone and that he didn’t want any of his loved ones to know.
In upcoming episodes of the program, Brenda is still receiving harsh treatment from Eric as she questions the purpose of his hospital letter.
Pollard is determined to drive his wife away, even as Mandy suggests he talk to Brenda more.
Eric, who is alone, leaves for his appointment, and is moved when Mandy shows up early to confirm his diagnosis in the waiting area.
When Eric receives the news he has been dreading during the consultation, he attempts valiantly to hide his feelings.
Remaining in the town, Eric is adamant about notifying Brenda and proceeds with his plan to sever ties with her.
He crushes Brenda’s heart that evening by telling her they can’t be together anymore.
Will Brenda’s curiosity about what transpired and Nicola Wheeler’s suggestions improve or worsen the situation?
“When Eric Pollard receives a Parkinson’s diagnosis, he is naturally quite afraid and apprehensive of what the affliction means for his future,” said Laura Shaw, producer of Emmerdale.
We can tell this narrative very realistically over an extended period of time, shed light on what a diagnosis like this entails, and follow Pollard as he learns to live with it because to the special position that a program like Emmerdale holds.
“We hope that sharing Pollard’s story helps to increase awareness of Parkinson’s and illustrate the day-to-day realities of individuals living with it, as well as the impact it may have on friends, family, and the local community,” said the statement released in collaboration with Parkinson’s UK, who have been our guiding light throughout the entire process.
Parkinson’s UK offers further information and resources on their website.